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Ed Gerwin

Ed Gerwin is a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also president of Trade Guru LLC. At PPI Gerwin runs a trade policy program that focuses on how U.S. engagement in the global economy can support greater and more inclusive economic growth and good jobs for more Americans. His work includes extensive writing and research on how digital tools, modern logistics, and smarter policy can help more small businesses benefit from global trade. Gerwin has frequently advised Administration officials, senior Congressional staff, and the broader trade community on substantive and strategic issues related to public support for trade. Prior to PPI, Gerwin was a Senior Fellow at Third Way and a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. During his 28-year career at Winston & Strawn, Gerwin represented and advised U.S. and global clients on international trade and federal relations matters, including trade agreements, investment, investigations, trade remedies, and legislation. Gerwin has authored numerous reports on trade policy issues and is a frequent speaker at Congressional, think tank, and business forums. He has also authored editorials on trade topics for publications including Bloomberg, Forbes, The Hill, The Huffington Post, Republic 3.0, Roll Call, and The Wall Street Journal and is a regular commentator on trade policy and politics.

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By / 6.17.2019

President Trump is apparently a trade alchemist. He’s taken the core of NAFTA (the “worst trade deal ever”), liberally sprinkled in modern rules from the Trans Pacific Partnership (a “potential disaster”), and created a “brand new” trade deal — the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Trump’s hyperbole aside, the USMCA, while not perfect, would do a creditable […]

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By / 3.6.2019

When economic historians recount U.S. trade policy under Donald Trump, they’ll tell a cautionary tale. Like the current consensus that the Smoot-Hawley tariffs worsened the Great Depression and tanked global trade, future analysts will detail the negative economic effects of Trump’s go-it-alone trade policies. And historians will draw from a treasure trove of quotes from […]

Press Releases

By / 1.30.2019

WASHINGTON— Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act: PPI welcomes the introduction of the Congressional Trade Authority Act by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Michael Gallagher (R-WI) and Senators […]

Publications

By / 1.16.2019

Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution sets out Congress’s job description on international trade, empowering it “to lay and collect . . . duties” and “to regulate commerce with foreign nations.” For the past two years, Congress hasn’t been doing its job. Instead, it’s stood by while President Trump has hijacked its constitutional trade […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 10.22.2018

‘We lost $817 billion a year, over the last number of years, in trade,” President Trump said at a summer rally. “In other words, if we didn’t trade, we’d save a hell of a lot of money.” Mr. Trump’s bombast has flipped the Republican pro-trade script. For Democrats, this change offers a significant political opening […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 10.9.2018

Donald Trump huffed, and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow NAFTA down. Like the Big Bad Wolf in the fairy tale, President Trump presumed that NAFTA — which he’s called the “worst trade deal ever” — would collapse before his bluster like a house of straw. Trump’s bombast may have knocked a few shingles off the agreement’s […]

Press Releases

By / 10.2.2018

“President Trump has called the new USMCA ‘the most important trade deal that we’ve ever made, by far.’ To the extent that the Administration is backing away from Trump’s earlier threats to blow up or emasculate NAFTA, that may be true. To the extent that the USMCA is largely an elaborate rebranding exercise, it seems […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 9.18.2018

Donald Trump promised that America would start “winning big on trade.” Trump vowed to keep “special interests” from rigging U.S. trade, pledged trade decisions would “benefit American workers and families,” and promised to confront trade violations by China. For the former Apprentice host, winning means that Trump picks the winners, tilting the scales for his […]

Blog

By / 7.17.2018

For millions of American fans, baseball’s All-Star Game is a welcome respite from the day-to-day challenges of budgeting for their families. But, as they watch tonight’s Summer Classic, it will be hard for American consumers and taxpayers to avoid the many reminders of the “Trump Trade Tax” — the higher costs that they’ll pay because of the […]

Publications

By / 6.20.2018

A Smarter Strategy for Securing America’s Innovation Edge In early April, reportedly after “zero substantive internal debate,” President Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to consider imposing additional tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese products. Trump’s order claimed that new tariffs were needed to retaliate against China’s threatened retaliation for tariffs that Trump had announced […]